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Space Shuttle Endeavour's ride through LA to California Science Center
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Thousands waited days along the streets of Los Angeles to glimpse the Space Shuttle Endeavour as it traveled home to its final resting place in Southern California.
On Oct. 11 to 14, Endeavour traveled on an 80-wheel transporter for 12 miles from Los Angeles International Airport to the California Science Center in Exposition Park, dodging trees, telephone poles, power lines and buildings. It cost $10 million to move the shuttle.
All five space shuttles, Challenger, Columbia, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour were built in Downey and Palmdale.
Endeavour was approved by Congress to replace Space Shuttle Challenger, which exploded in 1986. Endeavor was built using space parts from orbiters Discovery and Atlantis.
The shuttle’s 27,000 fragile insulating tiles and thermal blankets helped withstand temperatures reaching up to 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit when reentering the earth’s atmosphere and 250 degrees below when in orbit in outer space. The tiles are bonded to the shuttle with felt and are fragile enough to be crushed by hand.
Endeavour flew 25 missions, orbiting the earth more than 4,600 times, logging almost 123 million miles.
The shuttle’s main engines were built in Canoga Park and are still the most advanced large rocket engines in the world. Powered by liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen, they provide more than 1.5 million pounds of thrust, equal to the energy output of 13 Hoover Dams.
NASA will reuse the engines in the new Space Launch System.
Endeavour is currently in a temporary display and in 2017 will move into its permanent home, the $200 million Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center. It will be positioned vertically with a large orange external fuel tank and rocket booster.
The California Science Center is at 700 Exposition Park Drive Los Angeles, CA 90037, less than 90 miles from the High Desert. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the Endeavor exhibit is $2.
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